Radiology located in Bellevue, WA

MRI services offered in Bellevue, WA

Magnetic resonance imaging is a radiation-free imaging test that diagnoses problems with your tissues and organs. At Bellevue Medical Imaging, PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington, Brian Jacobs, MD, uses MRI scans on various parts of your body to evaluate or diagnose medical conditions. Call Bellevue Medical Imaging or book an appointment online for an MRI today. 


What is MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of medical imaging that produces detailed images of the inside of your body. It’s best used for soft tissue injuries and health complications. In the images, it’s easy for a radiologist to see the differences between regular soft tissue like muscle and irregular soft tissue like organs. 


To capture the images, an MRI scan uses a large magnet and radio waves. It doesn’t involve any radiation like an X-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan. The machine is tube-shaped and creates a magnetic field around you as the scanner transmits radio waves through your body. 


At Bellevue Medical Imaging, Dr. Jacobs frequently uses MRI scans for diagnostic and assessment purposes. It works well for almost any part of your body. 

Which type of MRI do I need?


Dr. Jacobs routinely performs several types of MRI and determines the type you need based on your concerns. You might need an MRI for:


  • Angiography (blood or lymph vessels)
  • Abdomen
  • Breast
  • Chest
  • Brain
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Sports injuries


Dr. Jacobs sometimes uses MRI scans to assist with other procedures too, such as MRI-guided breast biopsy. During this procedure, Dr. Jacobs uses an MRI scan to see the inside of your breast as he collects a tissue sample for further testing. 

How should I prepare for an MRI?


Before you get an MRI, Dr. Jacobs discusses the procedure with you and tells you why this is the type of scan you need. He then gives you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your scan ahead of time. 


He might ask you to:


  • Leave jewelry at home (you’ll need to take it off for the test)
  • Adjust your eating and drinking before the test depending on the type you get
  • Remove any medical devices like hearing aids or dentures
  • Discuss the possibility of anti-anxiety medication if you’re claustrophobic


Most people are able to eat and drink normally before an MRI and take their usual medications before the scan. 


To find out more about MRI scans and what to expect, call Bellevue Medical Imaging or book an appointment online today.